20 May 2011

GCSE in British Sign Language

Gloucestershire Deaf Association are seeking support for a petition regarding developing a GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL). As the Petition says: "BSL is the first language of an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. A GCSE in BSL would give Deaf people the chance to achieve a qualification in their first language and give their peers the opportunity to learn valuable visual communication skills. The GCSE in BSL would enhance an individual's employability and open up a wealth of career opportunities for young people they may have previously not considered. There is a shortage of qualified interpreters and other professionals who work with deaf people and well established career progression pathways. Learners with the qualification could put these together to get higher level qualifications and work towards a satisfying and rewarding career."

This just makes so much sense - it is an issue I hadn't given much attention and, if I had, I think I would have assumed it was already in existence. Anyway to help promote the GCSE, 'Signature' who are developing the course, need your support and input in a petition. See: http://www.signature.org.uk/gcse.php

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